Why I’m A Reader Tag

Happy Friday lovelies!!! I hope you all have had a wonderful week, and you all have a super awesome weekend!!

Today I am doing this tag that I came across at The Orangutan Librarian. I thought it was a lovely little tag to do for a Friday, a nice way to end the week 🙂

Choose one word to describe yourself as a reader


What is the first book that made you fall in love with reading?

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My Grade 2 teacher used to read Paul Jennings books to my class and I absolutely loved it. I also loved the double covers, where there was a picture on the front and on the second cover showed a different version of the cover…I used to think it was super awesome!!!

Hardback or Paperback

I will buy the hardback if the book is a favourite, but generally they are way too expensive. I will therefore usually opt for paperback in the first instance.

How has reading shaped your identity?

I have always been a dreamer and had my head in the clouds. I guess reading just gave me a way to be a bit more “present” without really being present haha.

What book do you read when you want to be comforted?

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I think this book comforts me because in this book Aelin goes through so much. She hits rock bottom and then has to fight her way back into the light, and I think reading her struggle helps me and makes me think that I can be a fighter too.

Who influenced you or taught you to be a reader?

There are a few people I can thank. My mum and dad read books and encouraged my reading. My year 2 teacher who read Paul Jennings. But probably most of all my sister, she would read books and tell me how great they were, and I would usually read them after her. We like very different genres, however I think her love of books infected me 🙂

Describe your dream reading lounge?

A book nook! A marshmellow couch next to a large window to let the light in, and the walls filled top to bottom with books. Also, a few cats and a dogs surrounding me would be great as well.

What book changed how you saw the world?

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Because I always lived in my little dream land and read fairytales, this book was a massive eye opener. The amount of abuse this little boy suffered, and the fact that it was based on a true story really knocked me.

Tag…if you want to do it then go ahead. I honestly don’t think I tag people properly so it never works out right. If you do end up doing this tag let me know so I can see your answers 🙂

Now tell me, why do you read? How has it shaped who you are?? Let me know in the comments below!

Steff xx

My favourite mythical (or hopefully not-so-mythical) creatures

Is it weird that I feel bad saying that these are ‘mythical creatures’ because a part of me hopes that some of these are actually real? To decide on my favourites I had a very small criteria:

A) Would I want this creature as my pet; or

B) Would I want this creature as my ally.

Obviously I am not going to have the humanoids as pets, that would make for a creepy story where I play the villain. But with the pets, I like to think of the Neverending Story where Bastian is riding Falcor’s back shouting “YEAH” – however remove Bastian and Falcor and replace Steff riding a Pegasus….SWEEEEET!!!!

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So here is my list of my fave mythical (or hopefully not-so-mythical) creatures:

Dragon – Pet

Overgrown fire-breathing lizards, and pretty badass. Ever since I saw Dragon Heart when I was a kid (you know, the movie where Dennis Quaid attempts to talk Scottish…or English…or something other than American) I have wanted a dragon. I have dreamed about dragons, and in my dreams they are always friendly and not mean like Smaug from The Hobbit.

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Unicorn – Pet

I agree with JK Rowling that if you kill a Unicorn, it takes your soul. Whyyyy would you want to harm one of these beautiful creatures?!?! They are pretty, smart and are usually accompanied by rainbows and glitter which I am allll about. Unicorns are pretty much the best.

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Mermaid – Ally

Ok well I like the nice Mermaids anyway…like Ariel. The ones from myths are beautiful but lure men to their untimely deaths which I think is a bit mean. It would be nice to think that if you fell in the ocean, there would be a friendly set of hands to save you and take you ashore. Which is why I will remain hopeful that these creatures are real, in case it’s one of those cases where “if you don’t believe, they will die” sort of thing. Better to be on the safe side.

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Fairy – Ally

I just think of Labirynth now, where Hogall is spraying the fairies that fly around the plants. Don’t pick them up, they bite! I mostly associate Fae now from all of Sarah J Maas’ books…oh and Sookie Stackhouse. So now I am inclined to think “beautiful, handsome, strong and powerful” rather than “pretty, wings, fairy dust and magic”.

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Nessie – Ally

So this is definitely one creature I don’t like putting on this list. If you have ever been to Loch Ness, you will understand because it feels like there is something lurking beneath the surface. Nessie is a good-guy though, not bad (in my dreams anyway).

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Centaur – Ally

I find it a little disturbing to think of how these creatures came about…but let’s not delve into that. It would be super awesome to be part human but have horsepower (hahahaha). Plus Centaur’s always seem to be super awesome with a bow and arrow, one talent I wish I had…like Katniss.

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Hippogriff – Pet

I love hippogriff’s not only because they are super awesome, but also because Buckbeak attacked Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter.

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Banshee – Ally

I mostly put this creature on this list because I am scared of them. When I was in Grade 1, I had an Irish teacher and she put on a movie that had a banshee in it. For those of you who don’t know what a banshee is, it is an Irish female spirit who heralds death by shrieking or wailing. I remember that night when I went to bed, it was a really windy night and it therefore sounded like there was a banshee coming to get me. It made me super scared, and even now when it’s really windy I still think of banshees.

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Elf – Ally

I like elves, though sometimes I guess it’s hard to say what side they are really on. Any stories they are in, they tend to kind of just be in it for themselves though I apologise if this is not correct. I would want these guys fighting on my side however because they are super badass with their weapons and magic.

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Pegasus – Pet

I want a Pegasus sooooooo bad!!!! A horse that can fly? Um yeah, I’ll take one!! They are so beautiful and majestic, and no-one can’t NOT take you seriously. All I would need is a super awesome sword (a light one because I have weak arms) and a purple tunic with rainbow glitter on it…

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I hope you liked my list of favourite mythical creatures. Do you have a fave?

Steff xx

8 book characters I hate with the fire of a thousand suns

Book characters can be like people in your real life, either you love ’em or hate ’em (or there are some you can be impartial to). For me, book characters I hate can draw so much more emotion from me than people IRL because they practically plant themselves in your brain and you are stuck with them for the entirety of a novel or even a book series.

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Today, I have a list for you of characters that I hate with the fire of a thousand suns. These aren’t characters that I merely dislike, they are characters that make me want to see bad things happen to and relish in it if that wish is granted.

8. Tamlin – A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas

I have put Tamlin last because out of all of the characters I hate, he isn’t the worst. Tamlin is over-protective and generally just a douche. I never liked him, not even when I first read ACOTAR. In some ways I do feel for him because he didn’t get all of the support he needed after Amarantha and it is quite possible he is just a misunderstood character, however I still really just don’t like him.

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7. Roque – Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

I would have put Roque higher up the list if there weren’t other horrible characters who deserved it more. In some ways I guess I understand Roque and why is the way he is, however it doesn’t mean I have to like him. The more I got to know him, the more I hated him and his traitorous and snobby ways. In the end he deserved everything he got.

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6. Black Jack Randall – Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Ugh he is just absolutely disgusting and vile, and there is pretty much nothing redeeming about him – even his love for his brother. What he did to Jamie and Claire, and anyone else who were on his bad side, was nothing short of psychotic. I hated him in the book but even more so in the show, I think Tobias Menzies (who plays both Black Jack and Frank Randall) did such an amazing job at embodying a truly horrific character.

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5. President Snow – The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

An asshat who loved watching people murder each other. What’s to love about him? I hated this guy so freakin much, I really just wanted him to die from the start. Someone who is afraid of “hope” and would rather people live in fear…sounds an awful like a current President in real life doesn’t it?

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4. The Commandant – An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir

This is a woman so lacking in emotion that she is more than happy to attempt to kill her only son, and encourage sexual abuse, torture, murder etc. Another character so vile that you just want to see someone chop her up into little pieces and feed to the sharks. This series isn’t finished, so it will be interesting to see what happens to her, however I hope it is something bad.

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3. Mother Blackbeak – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

Mother Blackbeak is nasty, cruel, manipulative, sly and has a constant lust for blood. She is  just a walking, talking ball of hatred, and I really hope that she gets snuffed out eventually. I truly hate this monster and everything she has done to her coven. Here’s hoping she dies at the hands of one or two blackbeaks who deserve vengeance.

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2. Maeve – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas

I hate her, I hate her, I hate her. And with the way Empire of Storms ended….ohhh I hope she BURNS IN HELL. That’s all I can really say about this one, I hate her so much I can’t even put it into words.

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1. Dolores Umbridge – Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

I really wish she had been torn apart by the centaurs, but I guess that would have made Harry Potter more of an “adult” series. I have never in my life hated a character as much as Umbridge, and she wasn’t even the main villain! I hate her and her toadiness, her love of cats, her little snickers and giggles, her face. I HATE HER SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!

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Well I hope you enjoyed my lovely little countdown, sorry it is so filled with hate. Do you agree with any of my choices (or disagree)? What book characters do you hate with the fire of a thousand suns? Let me know 🙂

Steff xx

A Review: A Court of Wings And Ruin (ACOWAR)

This week has been such a rollercoaster! Mainly just because I finally got my hands on A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) and that has been pretty much all I have been doing apart from working. Here are my thoughts on this beautiful book.


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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

My thoughts…(I also put a copy of this on Goodreads)

Ok, this is how you finish a trilogy!! I absolutely LOVED this book and think it was an absolutely wonderful wrap up to Feyre and Rhysand’s story.

What I loved:
– Feyre and Rhysand…of course
– Lucien’s character progression and just the fact that he was in this book more than ACOMAF
– The whole Court of Dreams crew, so much more banter between them and them showing off their awesomeness
– The epicness – so much happened, so much adventure
– The emotional rollercoaster – I laughed, cried, raged, cried, cried, cried
– The world – I loved how the world really expanded in this book, we met more of the High Lords and more of the characters who have been mentioned in previous books. I can’t wait to see more from this world in the future.
– Certain pairings with certain people. That’s all I will say.

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What I didn’t love (yes there were things that just didn’t quite sit right with me)

– Tamlin…ugh he is just such a douche
– There were a few quotes in there which I noticed were from other books…Outlander, Harry Potter, LOTR to name a few. I know things are going to be recycled and I don’t have a MASSIVE issue with this, I just always feel a little disappointed.
– The book probably didn’t need to be as long as it was. In saying that, I still loved every page, just some of it didn’t feel completely necessary.
– Purring, growling, snarling…ALOT of it. It just usually makes me wonder how one snarls in approval. I feel like if I did this to someone they would back away from me very slowly and then run off. I know theres the whole ‘primal’ thing with fae…but sometimes it just gets a bit too much.

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There was a lot more diversity in this book which was great, however I still think Sarah J Maas has a way to go before you could say that her books are diverse. PoC are generally side characters and there is a mention of someone who is LGBTQIA however I am still unsure whether or not this is appropriate or not – I won’t go into this because I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I have heard it has upset some readers.

Did I like this book more than ACOMAF? Hmmm…..I don’t know. ACOWAR is very different from ACOMAF in more ways than one so it is really, really hard to say. But if I had to put these books in an order of what I liked most to least it would go ACOMAF, ACOWAR then ACOTAR.

Despite the things I didn’t like, they were more just tiny annoyances more than anything. I absolutely loved this book…I really want to go back and re-read it straight away but feel I should give some of my other books some love.

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Such a beautiful ending to a beautiful story.

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